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Scott's Run Nature Preserve - Outer Loop

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Length


3.2 Miles 5.2 Kilometers


348' 106 m

Ascent

-319' -97 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

315' 96 m

High

66' 20 m

Low

Shared By Chris Kroehler

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A nice and easy loop around the nature preserve.

Chris Kroehler

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Tucked in a corner between 495 and Georgetown Pike is Scott's Run Nature Preserve. It has many trails and many more (and confusing) connector trails. This hike takes you from the main parking lot up to the Scott's Run Waterfall, along the Potomac River and past the secondary parking lot before returning to your car.

Need to Know

The named trails all have colored blazed while the connectors (of which there are many) do not. Fortunately the are numerous trail maps which can help you get your bearings. Or just bring your phone and the Hiking Project mobile app.

Description

Beginning at the main parking area follow the Potomac Heritage Trail - Scott's Run north. This is a wide, easy path with two creek crossings. Both have stepping stones as the water is almost always high enough to require them.

After finding the Scott's Run Waterfall, you'll turn east along the Potomac River. This trail is has a lot more roots and rocks so watch your footing. Slowing down may be required in some areas.

Before the Potomac Heritage Trail - Scott's Run dumps you out into a neighborhood; you'll need to take a connector trail to the right which bring you to the Oak Trail. There will be a trail map at the intersection if you're confused. Follow the Oak Trail until turning right on the Stubblefield Falls Overlook Trail. This trail brings you down to the smaller parking lot where you'll turn right again and follow the Parking Lot Connector Trail back to your car.

The interior of the Preserve has some nice views and nicely maintained trails. Bring the Hiking Project mobile app and explore it.

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Mar 16, 2019
Ethan B
Good hike. Nice views and weather. Will probably do again or do it as a trail run. 3.5mi
Jan 1, 2019
Brian Knight
Suuuuuuper muddy and slippery this morning. Got to the Swinks Mill trailhead lot just before 8am and was one of the first cars there! Was jammed later 3mi
Nov 28, 2018
Kristina Gilday
Nov 17, 2018
Kayla Austin
1.5mi
Nov 10, 2018
Shannon Woodacre
Nov 4, 2018
Michael Podguski
Did a little under two miles round trip from the West parking area to the Falls and back. Lovely fall leaves. Gorgeous 1.8mi
Oct 28, 2018
Aleksandras Nakutis
Oct 24, 2018
Kristina Gilday

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